Lawrence Jones said he was relieved to hear President Trump "call the enemy by its name" in an updated statement on the white supremacist riots in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend that left one dead.

President Trump first condemned the "bigotry and violence" committed "on many sides," but later called out the KKK, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis by name at a second press conference on Monday.

"It happened. This is what the president should have done," the host at The Blaze told host Sandra Smith. "But now that he's done it, he called the enemy by its name, it's time to move on and start the healing process."

Jones compared Trump's initial failure to call the rioters white supremacists to former President Obama's reluctance to use the term "radical Islam" to describe Muslim extremists.


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"I think the president cleaned that up today," Jones said. "Better late than never."

"As a black man in the Republican side of the spectrum, a conservative, we already have issues with reaching the other side, and part of it is because of race relations, and it's tough," Jones concluded, emphasizing that the country should move on so America can heal from the violence.


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